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Christmas

Opinion

Helping employees to focus on wellbeing

This year has seen much greater and very welcome stability return to the oil and gas industry, thanks in no small part to a reduction in oil price volatility that has plagued the sector in recent years.

Opinion

Opinion: Oil and gas – in Bethlehem?

In these interesting times we may need to look outside our usual patch to keep our people busy through 2015. But Bethlehem? OK, not exactly Bethlehem, but perhaps not far away from that little town. Israel just announced a major new gas discovery (reportedly 3.2 trillion cubic feet). While many of us were transfixed by the oil price, Israel was holding its first ever international oil and gas conference. There used to be an Israeli joke that Moses had delivered the Jews to the only place in the Middle East with no oil or gas.

Other News

DECC staff urged ‘not to say Merry Christmas’

Government staff from the Department of Energy and Climate Change have been urged not to say Merry Christmas, it has been claimed. According to reports government staff in the department – which has offices in both London and Aberdeen – were given the advice to avoid offending people of other faiths. However a spokeswoman said there had only been an informal discussion between a couple of staff members.

Video

Video: Oil workers’ alternative Christmas celebration

Staff working over the Christmas period all know how tough it can be. These oil workers in Azerbaijan decided to make light of celebrating the holiday away from home by creating a tongue-in-cheek clip. Watch the video below.

Oil & Gas

Christmas cancelled for oil firm workers

A leading oil and gas company has cancelled Christmas parties for thousands of workers – because bosses fear upsetting colleagues who are losing their jobs. Aker Solutions, which employs more than 2,000 people in Aberdeen, called a halt to its annual festive celebrations to show “sympathy” with hundreds of staff in Norway who have been affected by cutbacks. The company is shedding posts in Stavanger, Bergen, Alesund, Kristiansund and Trondheim, but not in Aberdeen. Staff based in the north-east were reported to be upset at the decision to ditch the festivities. The oil and gas services firm has gone all-out in recent years to celebrate the festive season, hiring specialist party planners to run a family fun day at Ardoe House Hotel.